An investigation is underway after a shooting early Monday between a man and Phoenix police, authorities said.
At about 2:50 a.m. Nov. 20, a Phoenix officer was near 24th Drive and Thomas Road where a man crossed the road midblock on a bike and was almost hit by his police vehicle.
Police said the man did not comply in the officer’s commands and struggled as the officer attempted to detain him.
During the struggle, the officer saw a handgun in the man’s waistband, and according to a release, “the man more aggressively resisted arrest and broke free from the officer.”
He ran west on Thomas Road toward the I-17 freeway, firing his gun as he ran. The shots “are believed to have been in the direction of the officer,” the release stated.
The man continued to run west, crossing I-17 and then headed into the neighborhood north of Thomas Road. With the assistance of the Phoenix police helicopter, the man was tracked to an alleyway just south of Earll Drive and west of 25th Drive, police said.
“Multiple officers contacted the man in this alley, and he again failed to comply with commands,” the release stated.
“The man moved one of his hands towards his waistband at which time one officer fired multiple rounds from his duty weapon, striking the man.”
The suspect was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He will be booked into jail on multiple charges to include aggravated assault when he is released from medical care, police said.
No officers were injured.